Most of us will suffer from some form of arthritis in our lives. While it seems like a normal part of aging, there are things that you can do to help quell the severity of arthritis. While some ailments are genetic and cannot be changed, others can, and we should all try to implement some of these things into our lives to help prevent crippling and painful issues in our later years. Below are five ways to help prevent arthritis.

Eat Fish. Eat LOTS of Fish.

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There are two types of people: those who like fish, and those who don’t. For those who like fish, they are probably already getting their share of Omega-3s, which help keep muscles, ligaments, and cartilage healthy and strong. Omega-3s also help combat inflammation, which another reason why it is great for arthritis. Those who are not fishy fans can try a less-fishy fish, such as tilapia, or take an Omega-3 supplement.

Watch Your Weight

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Excess weight puts extra stress on your joints. If you are overweight, losing weight is your best bet to lower your weight. Fast weight loss is not good on your joints, as it takes time for your joints to catch up to the lessened weight, so slow, measured weight loss is the way to go.

Exercise – In Moderation

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Exercise is great for fighting arthritis. Too much exercise is damaging, so you need to keep your exercise in check. Working your joints can keep them limber, keeping arthritis at bay for many.

Don’t Get Hurt

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It seems simple enough, right? Well, many of us get injured doing nothing more than out daily routine. Injuring a joint, tendon, cartilage, bone, or muscle can lead to arthritic issues later after healing. Nothing is ever the same after an injury; for example, after an ACL repair, the usage is only around 80% as good as it originally was.

See Your Doctor

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Few of us want to go to the doctor with a reason, and while this may not seem like a reason if you are not already inflicted with arthritis, it is. Prevention is key, and a talk with your doctor – or even a referral from your doctor – can help keep your body in tip-top shape.

Drink Your Red Wine

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Red wine has been found – in some studies – to help keep arthritis away. This is because of the good antioxidants that are found in good quality red wine. Like with any alcohol, moderation is key, but if you must have a drink try a red wine. While the taste can be strong, and it can take a while to get used to, the anti-inflammatory antioxidants are well worth it.